Our guide to the best new shows and exhibitions in London for April.
OPPENHEIMER, VAUDEVILLE THEATRE WC2
Tom Morton-Smith's new offering with the Royal Shakespeare Company is set within the fraught heart of the Manhattan Project. This play, directed by Angus Jackson, explores the tension between the scientific advances that shaped man's understanding of the universe against the justification of using nuclear weapons in wartime - together these reveal the personal cost of making history, for better or for worse.
MY NIGHT WITH REG, APOLLO THEATRE W1
Set in the Eighties at the dawn of the AIDS panic, this play watches the lives of three gay men, whose interactions with the unseen Reg has a profound affect on all of their lives. Sharp, heartbreaking yet searingly funny, it focuses on Reg's apparent promiscuity and the chain reaction of deception and betrayal set off by his flighty behaviour. The last performance is 11th April – so be quick!
MAGNIFICENT OBSESSIONS: THE ARTIST AS COLLECTOR AT BARBICAN, EC2
Gain an insight into the inspirations behind some of the world’s greatest artists in Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector at the Barbican Art Gallery. Taking a different approach to the typical art exhibition, this show primarily looks at the art collections put together by artists themselves; encompassing a broad range of styles and disciplines.
FRAMES IN FOCUS: SANSOVINO FRAMES, NATIONAL GALLERY WC2
Often overlooked and seldom the focus of an exhibition, it is frames, not paintings that take centre stage in this exploration of one of the most inventive and exuberant types of picture frame. 'Frames in Focus: Sansovino Frames' marks the first in a series of exhibitions at the National Gallery which will explore specific frame types; bringing together 30 exquisite examples of this distinctive style of frame associated with Venice and the Veneto.
THE EY EXHIBITION: SONIA DELAUNAY, TATE MODERN
Sonia Delaunay was a key figure in the Parisian avant-garde and became the European doyenne of abstract art. This is the first UK retrospective to assess the breadth of her vibrant artistic practice across a wide range of media.